Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book review: California 24/7: Amazing Photographs of an Extraordinary State

This is one of a series of books, documenting a week in the the life of a state.  The original book was America 24/7.  This book was published in 2004.  it was put together by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen.  It has an interested idea, but I think it is impossible to document all of California, because it is so diversified.  However, this book seems to focus  on parts of California that are on the fringe.  It shows many tatoes,  The views of homeless people are over done, although that is a part of our state.  It mentions the bull frog races of Angel's Camp made famous by Mark Twain.  It shows the country life, and men who are in rodeo; but at the same time shows the surfer community.  It shows Marin boot camp, where Mark was but we weren't able to see.  It showed a knee kicking contest used to wear the warriors out so they could learn self defense when they were  exhausted.  It shows industry, and technology, and religion, and a thousand other views.  It is impossible to take it all in.

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